Yup, I turned the big 3-0 this month!!! While this blog is intended to be a "scrapebook" of Maddy's first year (and after her first year, maybe I'll branch out and blog about other things, time permitting, of course). At any rate, I couldn't resist blogging about my big day (which Maddy was a part of, so it's all good, right?)!
Having a July 2nd birthday has always coincided with vacations, due to it falling so close to the 4th. The three of us, most of my family, and my in-laws were all at my parents house in TC this year durning the weekend of my birthday. The day was lots of fun- beach, sun, boat rides, etc. Mid-day Jon began asking me where I wanted to eat. TC has become a big foodie town in recent years, so lots of places game to mind! Finally I picked the Jolly Pumpkin. When Jon asked me to make a reservation, I did say "No way, you, it's MY day!"
Well fast forward to later in the day and it was close to our "reservation time" so Jon, Maddy and I left to the guest cabin and went to round up the troops at the main house. Much to my surprise everyone didn't appear ready and Karen, my older sister, came running out in her bath robe telling me to go pick up a bottle of champagne at Bowers Harbor Vineyard (I love champagne). Immediately I said sure, and grabbed a local wineries brochure and told everyone we would meet them at the restaurant right after (they were close by each other on Old Mission Peninsula). On the way to get Champagne, Jon kept making silly turns and I was getting frustrated. Finally as we pull into Bowers Harbor Vineyard I noticed no cars and looked at the wineries brochure and noticed the wineries closed over an hour ago. I began getting annoyed that Karen didn't just pick up the Champagne earlier herself. Why should I have to buy it on my birthday? And now after driving here it was closed anyway. Then Jon noticed the door was open, so he said he would run out and see if they would let us quickly buy a bottle. He came back to the car to let me know they will let us buy some since they are open for a private party arriving later. Sweet, I thought (but by now I was really annoyed Karen just didn't pick it up earlier herself). So we grabbed Maddy out of her car seat and went to buy a bottle...
Well, it turns out the private party was for me! You guessed it, Jon rented the vineyard for the night...one of the best nights of my life. We walked around the vineyard, took lots of pictures, snacked on amazing appetizers (smoked whitefish dip being one of my favorites), and drank as much wine as we wanted!!! If that wasn't enough, we also had dinner out in the vineyard. We had a delicious dinner of chicken and steak kabobs straight from the grill, the cheesiest, gooiest, yummiest risotto ever, and ceasar salad! I obviously had no idea this was planned, and it could not of been more special.
I was absolutely in my element enjoying glass after glass of wine, when Jon whispered there was still one more surprise. A few minutes later was cake time! Surprise...Jon had my favorite chocolate cake flown in from The Cheesecake Factory! Apparently they don't usually ship their cakes, but as it turns out, Jon works with someone who has an uncle high up with the company out in California. So there I was, after sunset, sitting in a vineyard, drinking wine, and eating Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake from The Cheesecake Factory (view it here). Now that's decadent!
I never could of even dreamed up such a night. Luckily I have a few years before I have to worry about Jon's 30th!
What a sweet ending to a perfect night.